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Updates to HEDIS immunization measures proposed

The Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) of MN Community Measurement recently approved two updates to how immunization status will be reported. The measure changes follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines for immunizations. The changes recommended by MARC are as follows:

  • MARC approved an update from the HEDIS “Combo 3” immunization status measure to the “Combo 10” measure. This change adds three vaccines to the current measure – Hepatitis A, Rotavirus and influenza. No additional medical group reporting is required for this measure as the results are calculated from claims data. This change would align the MNCM measure with Meaningful Use Stage 2, PQRS and a proposed MIPS measure. MNCM intends to privately report results to medical groups this year (2015 dates of service) and publicly report the results in 2017 (2016 dates of service).
  • MARC approved an update in the reporting of adolescent (13 years) immunization status to adopt the new HEDIS “Combo 2” measure. This measure consists of meningococcal and Tdap (which MNCM currently reports) and adds HPV for boys and girls. No additional medical group reporting is required for this measure as the results are calculated from claims data. MNCM plans to privately report to medical groups in the 2017 report year (2016 dates of service) and will publically report medical group level results in report year 2018 (2017 dates of service).

In August, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) issued a letter of support for these updates. MNAAP represents more than 1,000 pediatricians, pediatric residents, and medical students across Minnesota.

For additional details, contact Anne Snowden, MN Community Measurement, at 612-454-4811 or snowden@mncm.org.